Smell in bathroom

DCFC79
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edited 12 February at 9:20PM in Old style MoneySaving
Theres a really disgusting smell in the bathroom,  Theres no windows I can open to get rid of it.
Any suggestions of what I could buy to get rid of it please ?
Thanks
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  • Emmia
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    Where is the aroma coming from? And how would you describe it? Like gas? 

    Do you have a shower or bath in there, where the drain may not be functioning correctly... I'd be looking to clean out any drains.

    Is the smell of faeces? Is there the possibility that a waste pipe behind tiles /the wall might be blocked or cracked? Is there a rodding point that could be accessed?
  • elsien
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    Does it not rather depend on what the smell is and where it’s coming from?
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • Emmia
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    edited 12 February at 9:50PM
    Do you live in a very hard water area? We had our drains descaled a few years ago which took out forearm sized lumps of scale which had been preventing waste water and sewage from draining properly (it eventually decided to back up /overflow into our shower badly on a bank holiday weekend!).


    Before we had the descaling done, we used to have to use drain cleaner pretty frequently to remove a gas type aroma.
  • Mr.Generous
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    I'd say another vote for cleaning the traps. If there is a trap missing somewhere - bingo. The trap stops the foul smell from waste pipes - and they can be worse than a soil pipe.

    First things first though. Flush down any big logs.
  • JIL
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    edited 12 February at 10:53PM
    My shower plug hole was smelly. I pulled it to bits and cleaned it (videos of YouTube) 

    It worked well.

    A good few years ago we had a really bad smell in the bathroom, it turned out to be a huge crack on the bend on the stink pipe. 

    You need to find the source of the smell.
  • Try vinegar and baking soda, to push stuff down the drain when it is bubbling and because vinegar helps to cover up odors - the vinegar smell goes away quickly.
  • Emmia
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    edited 13 February at 6:22AM
    Try vinegar and baking soda, to push stuff down the drain when it is bubbling and because vinegar helps to cover up odors - the vinegar smell goes away quickly.
    You know that although it looks impressive the baking soda and the vinegar chemically cancel each other out - so it's about as effective as pouring plain water down there??
  • Lorian
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    If the smell is like drains if there is a bath run the tap for a few seconds to make sure the trap is full of water.

    If the smell is like 'wet dog' look for bacteria growing in a damp area.


  • pumpkin89
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    Emmia said:
    You know that although it looks impressive the baking soda and the vinegar chemically cancel each other out - so it's about as effective as pouring plain water down there??
    That is the case if you mix them together before putting them down the drain.

    As @London_1 says, if you use the soda to coat the surface and then add the vinegar, the effervescence of the reaction helps to lift off dirt that is stuck in the pipe, which can then easily be washed away.
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